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DR. HOOK: Cover to Cover

Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. Turner's records reached the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts. Some of his songs were so risqué that some radio stations refused to play them, but the ...

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Julie Felix (June 14, 1938 – March 22, 2020), an American-born, British-based folk/folk rock recording artist, played a key role in bringing folk music into the mainstream in the 1960s with her striking looks, early covers of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen songs and h ...

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DR. HOOK: Cover to Cover

“The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone'” is just one of the songs Shel Silverstein wrote for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. It’s a parody of the success in the music industry and the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. It pokes fun at all the excesses and indulgences of rock stars. · After the song pe ...

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DR. HOOK: Cover to Cover

Paul Overstreet (born March 17, 1955) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He recorded 10 studio albums between 1982 and 2005, and charted 16 singles on the Billboard country charts, including two Number 1 hits. He has also written singles for several other country ...

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The Rooftop Singers were an American progressive folk-singing trio in the early 1960s, best known for the hit "Walk Right In". The group was composed of Erik Darling and Bill Svanoe (vocals, guitar) with former jazz singer Lynne Taylor (vocals). · Darling put the group together i ...

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Norma Cecilia Tanega (born January 30, 1939) is an American folk and pop singer-songwriter, painter, and experimental musician. She wrote songs for Dusty Springfield and other prominent musicians. · Norma's impetus for her first single, "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog", came from livin ...

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"The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" is a song by American poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein. It was originally recorded by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, with the name spelled "Jordon". · The song describes the disillusionment and mental deterioration of a suburban housewife, who cli ...

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James Cecil Dickens (December 19, 1920 – January 2, 2015), better known by his stage name, Little Jimmy Dickens, was an American country music singer and songwriter famous for his humorous novelty songs, his small size (4'11" [150 cm]), and his rhinestone-studded outfits (which h ...

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DR. HOOK: Cover to Cover

Things exploded for Dr. Hook when their producer, Ron Haffkine, found a little tune called "A Little Bit More" on a vinyl record costing 35 cents at a flea market in San Francisco. It was written and originally performed by Bobby Gosh and released on his 1973 album Sitting in the ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1940s - War Songs, Part 2

This week I'd like to take you back to the 1940s for another look at songs from World War ll. If you missed Part 1, click here. · There are so many great songs from the War years; here's but a sampling of them. · Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally know ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - Christmas Music

Continuing with our Christmas songs, these from the 1960s bring back memories from my teen-aged years. How about you? If you missed my previous posts, click here for Christmas songs from the 1940s and here for Christmas songs from the 1950s. · Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley; ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1950s - Christmas Music

Time for another round of Christmas songs, this time form the 1950s. These are the songs that I grew up with and they bring back so many memories. By the way, if you missed Christmas Music from the 1940s, click here. · Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 19 ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1940s - Christmas Music

Nothing reminds me of Christmastime like Christmas music. Although the following songs were recorded before I was born, they played every Christmas during my childhood. Just hearing them now takes me back to those times—my family 'round the magical Christmas tree in anticipation ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1950s - Doo-Wop

This week I'd like to take you back to the 1950s for some more Doo-Wop. If you missed Part 1, click here. · Built upon vocal harmony, Doo-Wop was one of the most mainstream, pop-oriented R&B styles of the time. Singers gathered on street corners, and in subways, generally in grou ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - Girlfriends

We've taken a look at how girls saw their boyfriends back in the 1960s (see Part 1 and Part 2). Perhaps it's time now to see how the guys viewed their girlfriends in song. · Del Shannon (born Charles Weedon Westover; December 30, 1934 – February 8, 1990) was an American Rock an ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - Boyfriends

Times have certainly changed over the years, particularly in the dating/romance scene. Today I'd like to take you back to the 1960s to look once again at how girls saw their boyfriends back then. If you missed Part 1, click here. · Betty Everett (November 23, 1939 – August 19, ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1950s - Novelty Songs

This week I'd like to take you back to the 1950s. Since the 1940s, there was always a funny song or novelty record on the charts. In the late 1960s, though, rock music took a serious turn and novelty songs all but disappeared from Top 40 radio. · The Olympics are an American doo- ...

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MUSIC HISTORY: Hallowe'en

Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day ...

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MUSICAL DECADES - 1960s - Hard Luck Stories

Not everyone was born into the families we visited on TV every week in the 1960s such as “Father Knows Best”, “Leave It To Beaver”, and “Ozzie and Harriet”. On the radio, we were exposed to “the other side of the tracks” in a series of stories about far different kinds of childho ...

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DR. HOOK: Cover to Cover

Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, shortened from 1975 to Dr. Hook, was an American rock band, formed in Union City, New Jersey. At the height of their success, Dr. Hook was at the top of the charts in 42 countries, collecting 60 gold and platinum singles and albums. · The song, “A Co ...

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